A Dream of a Poem
by Sarah Wells for Build A Dream (2014)
Where to begin? Hey, Thanks for the dollar!
I began the project by using the box everything came in. I unwrapped everything very carefully, as I wasn't sure what I was going to use or not.
Shadowbox background-I cut the corners of the bottom and base of the mystery build box that everything came in so I could hot glue them together to make a shadowbox. I then used black, blue and gold glitter spray paint to do the background. I purposely splattered some white paint to mimic stars.
Moon- I bought a Styrofoam ball that I carved to my desired moon shape. I used the plaster cloth to wrap the moon with a few layers. I cut thin strips from the wider roll, dunked them into a small bowl of water and layed accordingly. I had to cut the excess so there wasn't a lot of overhang because I was only doing one half. After it dried, I then used acrylic paint to give the moon a face and texture. I dry brushed a darker yellow to give the moon depth. I rolled a piece of the modeling clay out flat and formed a night cap around the moon's head and then painted that as well. I cut a short piece of the Styrofoam rod and hot glued the moon to one end and the rod to the shadowbox.
Wooden Shoe- I also used carved Styrofoam to make the shape of the shoe, then I cut it in half so I could remove the mold. I used the same technique as I did for the moon by cutting strips and laying them down in a few layers. Both halves dried and I cut the excess off the edges. I used a fork to remove most of the Styrofoam and then the wall closest to the plaster came right out. I then trimmed both halves and hot glued a few places to get them to stay in place while I added a layer of plaster cloth to the middle, all the way around. I cut strips of cardboard from the box the wooden mannequin came in to make a floor for the wooden shoe. I then spray painted the whole shoe brown. When that dried, I dry brushed some black to give the shoe a texture of wood.
Lantern-I used the 2 wooden discs and a piece of the Styrofoam rod to create the lantern. I painted the wooden discs black. I painted the rod a yellow and orange fade with a black cage and hot glued the wooden discs to it. I then bent a piece of aluminum wire around my x-acto blade holder and twisted to make a handle that I glued on top.
Mast- I used the round wooden dowel to make the mast. I used a hacksaw to cut the dowel. I sprayed it brown and dry brushed black after it dried to give a look to wood grain look. I also bent pieces of the aluminum wire around the mast to act as the rings holding the sail in place.
Sail- I cut a triangle piece of canvas cloth and used acrylic paint to give the sail a patchwork style pattern. This was hot glued to the mast. I also hot glued some pieces of straight aluminum wire on the back to give the sail some sturdiness and shape.
Net-I layed down a square shape with one open corner of the aluminum wire. I then took equal lengths of the wire and weaved them together and hot glued the ends to the square. I spray painted it with gold glitter. (corresponds with the poem)
Herring fish- I painted some of the card stock paper green and then cut out the fish shapes in various sizes. I attached them to the shadowbox with the aluminum wire, bent at each end for stability, hot glued on the fish and shadowbox ends. I also painted different size fish right on the shadowbox.
Anchor- I made the anchor in a few pieces from the card stock paper. I cut 2 shapes to fit together as a long box shape and then glued them together in a t-shape. I then cut the 2 u-shapes with arrows at the end and attached them at the bottom. I cut 2 donut shapes as the top accent where the rope is attached. I then painted it green.
Rope- I held 2 lengths of the aluminum wire in a set of pliers and twisted and twisted and twisted. I then spray painted it a light brown color and bent them into the various shapes around the model.
Boys- I used the modeling clay to sculpt the boys. I made basic shapes and formed their bodies. I used short pieces of wire to attach their appendages. This was, by far, the hardest part for me. As I am normally a painter-I felt like a fish out of water when sculpting. I painted them each differently, also each had a different task. One was casting the net, one was pointing out the herring fish and one was hanging on for dear life.
Attaching the shoe- So I found this part to be the second most difficult part. I had already attached the boy on the mast and the mast to the shoe. I used the rest of the Styrofoam rod to attach the shoe to the shadowbox in the same way as the moon attached. I had to add another piece of rod to the back of the sail that went to the shadowbox because the clay boy made the mast top heavy. I also had to use a piece of 'rope' to secure the boy to the mast.
My mom used to read the poem, "Wynken, Blynken and Nod" to me as a child. The book had great illustrations and I would have dreams similar to the story of the 3 boys that were definitely taken from those illustrations.
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe,—
Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”
The old moon asked the three.
“We have come to fish for the herring-fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we,"
The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe;
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew;
The little stars were the herring-fish
That lived in the beautiful sea.
“Now cast your nets wherever you wish,—
Never afraid are we!”
So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam,—
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home:
‘Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
As if it could not be;
And some folk thought ‘twas a dream they’d dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea;
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed;
So shut your eyes while Mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
I hope you like the scene I attempted to create.
I can not wait until next year's contest! Thank you!